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For a minute or two there was silence, then Captain Nixon rose, repeated his assurances of the loyalty of the chiefs, and left the tent to consult them. We returned to the bungalow, where in a short time we were joined by nearly all the other English in the camp. The servants followed their masters, and a mob of camp followers and vagabonds from the town of Hodul gradually collected. Some came from curiosity, many I fancy with the hope of plunder. Before long the bungalow was surrounded by a great assembly of men and animals, the combined noises of which were very confusing.

Weremained in the bungalow for over an hour, the crowd outside constantly increasing, and also its clamour. At the end of that time Captain Nixon was seen approaching. He entered the bungalow, and in a few words informed us that the army had mutinied, and that we must leave it. We had been all the while expecting this announcement, but now that it came it appeared to take everyone by surprise. There was a rush outside, shouts for grooms and horses; for a few minutes the wildest confusion. The confusion was increased by a report-I do not know by whom spread-that the Ulwar Horse were about to charge us. The report had the good effect of ridding us of the crowd. They fled precipitately, leaving the space clear for ourselves and our servants.

Now that the crowd had gone, we could the better realise our position, and it was certainly sufficiently perilous. Including our escorts, we numbered about seventy-five persons, of which nearly half were natives. The army before us amounted to above five thousand men, including a large force of cavalry, and much artillery. If it attacked us we could entertain but small hope of escape; whether it would do so we were all uncertain, and therefore very anxious to get away. Captain Nixon,

however, desired us to remain while he made a last appeal to the chiefs. In the meantime our party collected their horses, had them saddled, and brought up to the bungalow, where we awaited Captain Nixon's return. All these preparations I had made beforehand. I now sent away my carriage and servants, and to their care I committed my little dog. I seated them in the carriage, told them to get into some bye-lane if they could, and, if they met the mutineer Sepoys to pass themselves off as the suite of a Molwye from Delhi. Natives then occasionally used English carriages, and my head-servant, having a gray beard and venerable appearance, might easily pass for the Molwye himself. These instructions given, the coachman jerked his reins, the horses broke into a trot, and the carriage rolled away, my little dog looking wistfully towards me from under the servant's shawl.

Captain Nixon was long in returning. We got tired of waiting, and very impatient to be off. We mounted our horses, and collected together on the plain. The camp lay stretched before us in a long line-in so long a line that if the ends advanced they would enclose us. It was past noon, the sun stood nearly vertical above us, a small disc, in a sky faintly blue. There was no wind, and the air felt like heated sand.

We stood thus for nearly a quarter of an hour, when Captain Nixon returned. He told us that his appeal to the chiefs had failed, and that we must leave. It was about time that we did, for the Ulwar cavalry had begun to mount their horses, and their artillerymen had turned their guns in our direction, and a message came from them that if we delayed much longer they would open fire. On this we moved off a short distance, then we halted while Mr. Harvey and Captain Nixon consulted as to where they would proceed. They decided to make for

our army before Delhi by the direct route if they could; if not, to cross the river Jumna and get round by Meerut.

I thought the decision an unwise one, for I felt pretty sure that they would not succeed in reaching Delhi, or even Meerut. I pointed out these objections, and proposed that instead they should accompany me to Muttra, where, with Mr. Harvey's permission, I was returning to resume my charge of the city and district. However, they held to their determination, and we wished goodbye. Mr. Joyce and I turned our horses, and, accompanied by our escort, cantered off to the south. Mr. Harvey and the rest of the party moved away in the other direction, their troopers following them, and also, towering high above the horsemen, the two elephants.

CHAPTER VI.

FLIGHT TO AGRA.

ONE of our men rode in front to lead the way, Mr. Joyce and I came next, the remaining three-and-twenty of our horsemen followed in a long irregular line. We bore away to the left till we were out of sight of the camp, then we made a circuit across the Delhi road, and directed our course to the south-west. After we had ridden a mile or two we pulled up to breathe our horses. Happening to turn my head, I saw a party of cavalry, apparently following us. On this we cantered on again, a high bank presently put us out of sight. When we got beyond it, we perceived to our satisfaction that they had altered. their course, and were proceeding in the direction of the camp.

We had now come to an open plain, slightly raised above the surrounding country; and, looking around, we noticed a tall column of smoke rising from beyond the horizon behind us. Our men suggested that it was the smoke of the bungalow, where we had passed the morning, and which the Sepoys had probably set on fire. After riding for some miles or so along the plain, the lane had become a mere track, often not easily distinguishable. Soon the track became confused with other tracks, and our men had often some doubts which of the many was the one we ought to follow.

We had now, we thought, got beyond fear of pursuit, and our apprehensions removed, I began to find something rather exhilarating in our position. It was such a pleasant change from our usual confinement indoors to be in the open air, and riding over the country at the head of a band of horsemen seemed like acting a part in a fairy tale. All possible adventures might be before us. Mr. Joyce, who knew the natives much better than I did, did not at all share in my pleasurable anticipations. On the contrary, he expressed his belief that our adventures might end very unpleasantly. Quite unconsciously our men presently intimated the same opinion.

The tracks had become so confused that our men were at fault. They halted and held a consultation, which ended by their selecting two of their number to ride before and act as guides. The two men advanced, picked out a track, and as we proceeded along it they began to sing their own praises, and to proclaim their competence to direct the way, in a series of interrogatories addressed to each other. 'Brother,' one of them commenced, ' do we not know the country, when to turn to the right and when to the left, which villages we should enter, and which it would be wise to avoid?' These last words aroused my curiosity. I inquired what they meant by saying that some villages were to be avoided. The men replied with great circumlocution, informing me that in the same manner as the Almighty had created animals of all species, so had He endowed human beings with an infinite variety of dispositions; some were peaceable and submissive to authority, others, when the restraint of the law was removed, stretched their necks,' and were defiant to their superiors. In conclusion, they gave me to understand that there were some villages that we had much better leave at a distance.

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